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    National forest inventory field manual - Template 2004
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    This field manual contains definitions and procedures used to plan and perform a national forest inventory and assessment following the approach developed by the Forest Resources Assessment programme (FRA) of the FAO. The methodology, based on nation-wide field sampling, has already been tested and implemented in several countries since year 2000 (Costa Rica, Guatemala, Philippines, Cameroon and Lebanon). The purpose of the national forest inventory (NFI) is to assess forest resources and tree r esources outside forest and to provide new qualitative and quantitative information on the state, use, management and trends of these resources. The assessment covers a large range of biophysical and socio-economic variables and thus, provides a broad and holistic view of land use for the country as a whole. In particular, the information will be used to plan, design and implement national and international policies and strategies for sustainable use and conservation of forestry ecosystems, and to understand the relationship between resources and users of the forest and tree resources. The first part of the manual describes the adopted sampling design and the distribution and configuration of the tracts where measurements are carried out. The second part deals with the forest type/land use classification adopted to carry out the inventory. Recommendations to undertake data collection in the field are presented in the third part. In part four the field forms are described in detail. The Appendices provide some tools and methods for measuring the variables such as diameter, height, horizontal distance, a guide for the use of Global Positioning System receivers (GPS) as well as techniques and recommendations to carry out interviews and group discussions.
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    Global forest survey concept paper 2000
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    The Forestry Department of FAO is developing a Global Forest Survey (GFS) following its broad mandate to carry out global assessments of forests and forestry. The GFS would be part of the Forest Reources Assessment Programme and would complement the compilation and analyses of national reports and information. The current paper outlines the background and suggested approach. The GFS would be a large undertaking that would rely on FAO’s role for coordinating global information efforts, as well as funding and implementation by international organisations and governments. The GFS has a strong emphasis on FAO’s coordinating and facilitating role, inviting partners to implement the survey through independent country projects. The background to the GFS is the gap between required and available information on forests and forestry. Despite considerable attention in international fora over the past decades, information on basic forestry parameters is still missing or of a poor quality for most countries. Systematic inventories are carried out only by a small proportion of the world’s countries. The efforts to establish forest inventories in developing countries have generally not lead to ongoing monitoring of the resources and its use, nor to a sustained capacity to carry out forest surveys. Requirements for forest and forestry information are large and undisputable. On national level, quality information is required for policy development, implementation and monitoring. Without relev ant base information, it is not possible to reliably outline optional courses, nor to evaluate the effects of previous decisions. On the international level, several processes, notably those dealing with carbon cycling and biodiversity, require quality controlled input to models and analyses as well as monitoring systems. Such information is today largely missing.
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    Lessons learned from national socioeconomic surveys in forestry
    XV World Forestry Congress, 2-6 May 2022
    2022
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    Advancing conservation, restoration and sustainable management of forests is key to making progress towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In addition to monitoring biophysical conditions, mapping and measuring socioeconomic benefits from forests is critical to support policy-making that promotes improved targeting of SDG-oriented policies and to demonstrate contributions of forests to livelihoods. Obtaining socioeconomic information in forestry is essential to having a better understanding of the drivers of forest change and the extent to which individuals and communities rely upon forests and trees for meeting various needs ranging from livelihoods to well-being. A review of lessons learned from FAO’s involvement in forest-related socioeconomic data collection is presented, applying key steps of socioeconomic survey development and design, adapted from Neumann (2014), drawing on comparative experiences from eight countries. Key lessons are presented and recommendations made for future improvements to designing and implementing socioeconomic surveys as well as utilizing socioeconomic information in support of evidence-based policymaking. The review highlights that socioeconomic data collection as part of national forest inventory (NFI) efforts requires a clear focus on the objectives and purposes for collecting the data. Furthermore, it points to the importance of the choice of sampling frames and their effect on inferences about characteristics of forests and inferences about socioeconomic characteristics of the human population. Different institutional collaboration and data collection procedures have been piloted and developed, with varying success, to meet these challenges. Keywords: Socioeconomic surveys; forestry data; socioeconomic monitoring, national forest inventories; sampling frames ID: 3487337

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